The 7th of July is Macaroni Day.
Macaroni is used in two of the most popular comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, and, macaroni salad.
Another great thing about both dishes, besides the macaroni, is that they can both be made ahead, too.
Since Macaroni Day falls in the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere, if you are there you might want to make a chilled macaroni salad. If you are in Australia or New Zealand, you may be more tempted by a warming Mac and Cheese or a Chili Mac recipe.
If you’re in a hurry today, you can always buy a box of Mac and Cheese to make up.
If you want to try something different with macaroni, there are always many retro macaroni casseroles — maybe a tuna macaroni casserole, or the old American classic of macaroni chop suey. You can also have it in a soup, or in macaroni pudding.
Also, try some whole wheat or other whole grain macaroni. Whole wheat pastas have “come a long way, baby” from the days when they cooked up mucilaginous, and the texture and taste is great. Plus, they’re so good for you that Weight Watcher’s Purple Plan has even made them zero points foods. They are a great way to sneak greater nutrition onto your plate.
And for kids, don’t forget there are many different crafts that can be done with macaroni!
Activities for today
- If it’s hot where you are, make a macaroni salad;
- if it’s chilly where you are, make a macaroni casserole, or macaroni and cheese;
- try using fibre-rich whole grain macaroni;
- if you have kids, have them try a macaroni craft then find a prominent spot to proudly display it;
- go out to a restaurant for a macaroni dish.
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